Use of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's extensive sputum-culturing protocol for patients without cystic fibrosis: Implications for infection control and antimicrobial resistance

  • Jennifer Brown
    Address correspondence to Jennifer Brown, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 4150 V. Street, PSSB G500, Sacramento, CA 95817.
    Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
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      The US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has guidelines for culturing respiratory tract specimens from patients with cystic fibrosis. Pulmonary physicians were surveyed regarding their use of these extensive cystic fibrosis culture protocols for patients without cystic fibrosis. The survey results and a discussion of the implications of these practices are reported.

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